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#11675841 - 06/19/16 01:19 AM Lake Murray Report (Smallmouth Pic Included)
District Paddle Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/16/11
Posts: 1632
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Hello all.

It's been a good while since I have posted up a report, so I thought I would go ahead and put something together from my recent trip up to Lake Murray (Thursday and Friday).

I got there at about 5 on Thursday afternoon and quickly set up camp. I wasn't there to relax and sit around drinking beer, I was there to slay some smallmouth. I hit the water and got to work.

I focused on the lower end of the lake, and started off targeting some of the rocky cliffs (shady side). This was my first trip to Murray, but it didn't take me very long to figure out that the lake is LOADED with sunfish (green sunfish to be specific). They were all over my soft plastics, and I was actually landing quite a few of these little guys with a dropshot. This didn't bother me at all, as I frequently target them anyway.

They were pecking away at the senkos too, which almost got annoying. I finally hooked into a few spots and largemouth, and as the sun went down, I started throwing a Zara Spook. Had a few misses and connected a few times, but nothing big, and no smallmouth to speak of. I paddled back to camp in the darkness, already contemplating adjustments.

I slept under the moon in the open, on a cot. I'd like to be romantic and say that I normally do this, but I opted for tent-free camping in order to save time, and mainly, because it was HOT.

I was back on the water at 5 in the morning on Friday with a few new baits tied on. Based on my first outing, I was fairly certain that the smallies had gone deeper for the summer. On Murray, they certainly have the option. It gets deep, fast.

I started with the spook on points, and also started throwing a jig with a crawfish trailer. I noticed a few short spurts of surface activity, and connected almost ever time with a Spook. Again, no smallies, just sandbass. As I expected, it wasn't until I backed off on the points that I started connecting with smallmouth on the jig. Anywhere from 10 to 20 feet.

I also expected that this wouldn't last long, and I was right. I caught a handful of smallies during that first hour or so, and as the sun made its way over the horizon, the smallmouth were gone.

I caught a few more largemouth and sunfish before I decided that it was time to go home and play with my son in the water sprinkler. Smallmouth are fun, but not as much fun as that (and of course, it's a good way to cool off).

Hope everyone is doing well. If you haven't been up to Lake Murray, you should put it on the list. Expect very clear, beautiful water. Ultra clear water can be tough, so plan on downsizing everything, and use fluorocarbon if possible (water clarity was at least 10 feet).

#11676010 - 06/19/16 08:34 AM Re: Lake Murray Report (Smallmouth Pic Included) [Re: District Paddle]
Ledeez Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 09/01/15
Posts: 750
Loc: Lake lavon
Nice read and thanks for sharing! Best smallie lake I have ever been to with super clear water is lame sharpe in sd! Biggest smallie ever

#11676557 - 06/19/16 03:30 PM Re: Lake Murray Report (Smallmouth Pic Included) [Re: District Paddle]
banker-always fishing Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 07/12/10
Posts: 38690
Loc: Universal City Tx.
Nice post. cheers

IGFA World Record Rio Grande Cichlid. Lake Dunlap.

John 3:16

#11676600 - 06/19/16 04:01 PM Re: Lake Murray Report (Smallmouth Pic Included) [Re: District Paddle]
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 2513
Loc: Richardson, Texas
Great read and very nice smallie.

#11676805 - 06/19/16 06:38 PM Re: Lake Murray Report (Smallmouth Pic Included) [Re: District Paddle]
bert Offline
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Registered: 07/20/01
Posts: 2147
Loc: Garland, TX, USA
Dean, there used to be some grass off the big island that was on a rock pile that I could still catch them with jigs on the shady side once the sun came up. Also frogs over the top if the vedge is close to the surface and cranks/spinnerbaits off the edges early.

Right around here 34°02'57.5"N 97°04'22.3"W.

There is also a bluff that is south of the marina almost due east of that island you can drop shot that in the morning as well and have a chance at some walleye and bigger smallmouth.

Also try swimming a tube on main lake points on a mojo rig or tube jig early and you can pull some good fish.

"Ipsa scientia potestas est"-Knowledge in itself is power - Sir Francis Bacon

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